The Miami Marlins are close to a one-year deal for free agent third baseman Placido Polanco, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Polanco, 37, appeared in just 90 games with the Phillies last season due to a nagging back injury. He hit .257/.302/.327 with two home runs and 15 doubles.
Polanco’s deal is pending a physical, and is reportedly worth $2.75 million. Polanco should complete the Marlins infield, which already features Logan Morrison, Donovan Solano, Rob Brantly, and Adeiny Hechavarria. Collectively, they might slug .400. Jackson notes that the Marlins expressed some interest in several other free agent third basemen, including Brandon Inge, Ryan Raburn, Miguel Tejada, and Matt Downs. No, seriously.
Polanco’s days of competing for batting titles and winning Gold Gloves are behind him, and his ability to hold up over an entire season may be questionable, but here we are with him penciled in as the Triple-A Marlins (feat. Giancarlo Stanton) projected starting third baseman. Let’s just call it a nice fit.